PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Women’s Volleyball Outlasts Illinois

No. 3 Penn State women’s volleyball edged its way past No. 13 Illinois Friday night in Champaign in four sets (25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 27-25) to move to 15-1 on the year. It marks the third game out of the last four in which the squad has dropped at least a set after starting the year with a flurry of sweeps.

How It Happened

Megan Courtney led Penn State with 18 kills, and became the eighth Nittany Lions to join the 1,000 career kills/1,000 career digs club.

The two teams traded points to an 11-11 tie in a contested first set. But Lee ad Courtney teamed up to edge the advantage to 17-12. Illinois battled back after a series of kills and Penn State errors. But another 6-1 run that featured putaways from Courtney and Frantti gave the Lions the first set victory.

The second set again started as back and forth affair. An Illinois kill at 13-11 inspired an 8-4 Penn State run led by Whitney and Courtney. That was all the Nittany Lions needed. After a failed set point, Whitney tallied yet another kill to give the Lions the 25-18 lead in the first set and a decisive advantage in the match.

Again, the Lions jumped out to a quick lead in the third set, this time 4-1.  But this time Illinois responded, with a 6-3 push to bring its advantage to 19-16. Traded points followed, with Whitney and Frantti urging the Lions for a sweep. That attempt fell just short: The Fighting Illini took the third set in extra points, 26-24.

Penn State, however, put the match away in the fourth set. Tied 11-11, Whitney yet again willed her team to the lead. But Illinois, in front of an energized home crowd, responded to tie the match in its final moments, 22-22. More traded kills followed to 27-25, but Courtney’s final kill gave Penn State the set (27-25), and the match.

What’s Next

There’s no rest for the weary Lions, they travel to Northwestern for a matchup against the Wildcats today at 8:00 p.m.

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA


More by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Students were delayed hours on Tuesday afternoon while trying to purchase on-campus parking permits.

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend